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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
The aim of Careers Education is to help students to know themselves, to develop a critical approach to information about jobs and educational opportunities, and to give them the skills to make good decisions about their future. At Bartholomew we are committed to providing high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance, to ensure that our students have all the necessary information and knowledge to enable them to make well informed decisions about their future career pathways.
The government’s 2017 strategy is built around the Gatsby Benchmarks, which provides a framework for our careers provision in school. We have a statutory duty to ensure that students are provided with independent and impartial careers guidance; contact with employers, mentors and coaches who can inspire them to achieve; opportunities to access a range of motivational activities, such as employer talks, careers events and visits; and that as a school we have a clear policy and framework by which to measure outcomes.
Our Career Development Plan is embedded within the whole school curriculum and we aim to help students develop themselves through careers and work-related education; learn about careers and the world of work; and develop their career management and employability skills.
Learning for Life (L4L)
Learning for Life is Bartholomew School’s Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic (PSHCE) provision. Lessons take place on a weekly basis and Careers forms part of the programme; delivered throughout Years 7 to 13.
In Years 7 and 8, students look at their achievements, skills and qualities and investigate different job roles and the value of work in society. They also consider ways in which the world of work is changing and the skills that will be needed in the future. Students in Year 7 are introduced to ‘job families’ using Careers Planet, and in Year 8 to occupational roles, lifestyle and income, using The Real Game.
In Year 9, students look at decision-making as a preparation for making informed choices about their Key Stage 4 options, together with sessions on equal opportunities, transition skills, stereotypes and CV writing. They have lessons in IT network rooms on how to do effective job searches, and are introduced to software programmes to help develop their understanding of Career Guidance and Information. Students research jobs and courses that interest them and find out about the entry requirements to help them to decide on their Key Stage 4 choices.
In Year 10, Careers Education takes place during L4L lessons and morning registrations, leading up to a one-week Work Experience placement that is the main focus for the year. Students spend time preparing for Work Experience by writing letters of application and arranging interviews with employers, as well as learning about health and safety in the workplace. Students also start to explore their Post-16 options and learn about applying for jobs and interview skills; local labour market information; and a module on the introduction of apprenticeships. This gives students the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of how apprenticeships work and how they can choose this particular pathway to their respective future education and careers.
In Year 11, the emphasis is on planning for the future. Students look at all the options open to them: Sixth Form, college, employment with training and apprenticeships. They use eClips software to investigate career pathways and local labour market information. Students have the opportunity of an individual guidance interview, with an independent careers advisor from the Adviza careers service, to discuss their ideas and to draw up an action plan. All students have a meeting with a member of the Senior Leadership Team to discuss their plans; this may be followed up with a further meeting with Adviza if required.
In the Sixth Form, all students, whether they are considering higher education, employment or a gap year, are offered information on options through their form tutor, the Director of Sixth Form and the Adviza Careers Service. The Learning for Life programme also gives the opportunity for representatives from Higher Education, employment and training, to talk to students about the options available to them and to support their university or employment applications. Staff from Siemens attend school to give a presentation on interview techniques and students can apply for a mock interview. Students attend a Higher Education Fair.
Adviza deliver a Careers Guidance service to Bartholomew School students, particularly those in Year 11 and the Sixth Form, to offer impartial information, advice and guidance. Our Careers Advisor is in school once or twice a week to offer advice on applying for jobs, apprenticeships, college courses, training or university. This is followed up by an individual Action Plan. Appointment are arranged through the school Careers Lead.
We organise an Alternative Routes Evening in November each year, aimed at Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form students who may be considering going to a college of further education, following an apprenticeship, or going straight into employment with training. Local Further Education Colleges are represented, along with training providers and employers. The event is held in the school hall and is a good opportunity for students and parents to gather information and ask questions.
As part of the West Oxfordshire Learning Partnership of Schools, we organise three Careers and Apprenticeship Events during the academic year. In 2019-20 these are as follows:-
- Introduction to Apprenticeships Event – Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 5-8pm, Witney Lakes Resort. Open to Years 11 & Sixth Form.
- Careers Convention – Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 4-8pm, Abingdon & Witney College, Witney Campus. Open to Years 9 and above.
- Apprenticeship Recruitment Event – Thursday, 26 March 2020, 6–8pm, The Marlborough School Enterprise Centre, Woodstock. Open to Years 10, 11 & Sixth Form.
The events allow students the opportunity to meet with representatives from colleges, training providers and employers, and to discuss and investigate their Post 16 and Post 18 pathways.
Work experience gives students an opportunity to see how different the world of work is from life at school and the chance to test themselves in an adult environment.
- Year 10 – Students have a one week placement in the Spring term: giving them the opportunity to develop their develop their personal and social skills; prepare for the change from school to adult working life; improve their employability skills; and broaden their career ideas and plan for the future. Through the Careers Education Programme they develop a range of personal skills that will be useful in the future – practice in writing letters to employers, attending interviews and understanding the importance of health and safety issues. All placements are registered with OxLEP Skills, who carry out the necessary insurance and health and safety checks on our behalf.
- Year 12 - Students have the opportunity to arrange a week’s work experience, or take part in a voluntary week working with local community organisations/charities. A week is set aside during the summer term for Year 12 students to undertake work experience, or take part in the Make a Difference (MAD) Week. Both universities and employers value the skills and insight developed during a recent period of work experience and several HE courses require that students have some experience of the type of work involved. They also recognise the benefits of taking part in a voluntary capacity in the community and this is a useful addition to the student’s UCAS Personal Statement and/or CV.
Resources and Further Information
The school’s Upper Library has a Careers section containing a wide selection of reference books, magazines, and other literature giving access to information about different jobs and different ways of training and continuing education. The library also contains university prospectuses and details of college courses available locally. A smaller selection of careers literature is available in the lower library for easier access for younger students. Careers software is available for individuals to research job ideas and higher education courses.
Careers information is published in the Careers section of the weekly Student News and in the termly School Newsletter. This includes details of Open Days, careers events, work experience and employment opportunities.
There are links to Employment and Training opportunities, including the National Apprenticeship website, on the school CEIAG website page.
Measuring the Impact of the Careers Programme
The Careers lessons that form part of the Learning for Life programme, are evaluated both by the Head of L4L and Careers Lead, using teacher and student feedback.
The Adviza service in school is monitored and measured using Survey Monkey questionnaires and at termly review meetings.
The impact of careers events and activities is measured using student and parent/carer feedback questionnaires. Results are shared and published as appropriate.
Both Year 10 and Year 12 Work Experience, and the Year 12 Make a Difference Week, are evaluated using debrief questionnaires, with results published and shared as appropriate.
The careers programme is assessed using the Compass Careers Benchmark Tool.
There is a yearly set Careers budget, with additional funding provided for the Adviza Service Contract and the OxLEP Skills Work Experience Delivery Agreement, which covers the cost of the necessary insurance and health and safety checks for Year 10 placements.
Review Date: 30 September 2020
Further information and advice about the Careers Programme can be obtained from the school Careers Lead, as follows –
Linda Williams - direct line 01865 733334, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org